Hampshire Facts and Figures

2001 Census: Religion

Summary Table:

This table gives information about the percentage of the population that occupies each religion. This Census question was voluntary; people that did not answer the question were put into the ‘Religion not stated’ group. All people are included in this table.

All People Christian Buddhist Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Other religions No religion Not stated
Basingstoke & Deane 152,573 74.02 0.16 0.45 0.12 0.51 0.22 0.33 16.98 7.22
East Hampshire 109,274 77.03 0.21 0.13 0.16 0.25 0.03 0.34 15.36 6.5
Eastleigh 116,169 76.67 0.17 0.34 0.07 0.31 0.5 0.29 15.23 6.43
Fareham 107,977 77.96 0.14 0.15 0.08 0.35 0.06 0.45 14.19 6.61
Gosport 76,415 75.33 0.15 0.13 0.04 0.31 0.03 0.33 16.59 7.07
Hart 83,505 77.17 0.21 0.3 0.13 0.37 0.12 0.27 15.06 6.38
Havant 116,849 73.58 0.14 0.14 0.09 0.25 0.06 0.29 17.44 8.01
New Forest 169,331 78.31 0.12 0.08 0.11 0.17 0.03 0.31 13.96 6.91
Rushmoor 90,987 73.03 0.39 0.62 0.07 0.74 0.1 0.33 16.78 7.95
Test Valley 109,801 78.11 0.14 0.23 0.11 0.32 0.25 0.3 14.2 6.35
Winchester 107,222 76.16 0.24 0.24 0.17 0.36 0.07 0.35 15.91 6.51
Portsmouth 186,701 68.07 0.4 0.44 0.13 2.15 0.17 0.39 19.95 8.31
Southampton 217,445 65.55 0.33 0.71 0.13 1.92 1.29 0.44 21.62 8.01
                     
Hampshire 1,240,103 76.19 0.18 0.25 0.11 0.35 0.14 0.33 15.55 6.91
Hampshire (Including Portsmouth and Southampton) 1,644,249 73.86 0.22 0.33 0.11 0.76 0.29 0.35 16.86 7.22


Commentary:

Hampshire County

The 2001 Census asked a (voluntary) question on religion for the first time.

76.2 per cent of Hampshire residents stated they were Christian. 15.6 per cent said they had no religion, and a further 6.9 per cent chose not to answer the question at all or gave an invalid response (e.g. Jedi Knight).

In England and Wales as a whole, 71.8 per cent of the population stated they were Christian, 14.8 per cent said they had no religion, and 7.7 per cent chose not to respond or gave an invalid response.

Only 1.3 per cent of Hampshire residents belonged to other recognised religions in 2001. The largest group was Muslims, accounting for 0.35 per cent of Hampshire residents, followed by Hindus at 0.25 per cent.

3 per cent of residents in England and Wales were Muslim, 1.1 per cent Hindu, 0.6 per cent Sikh, 0.5 per cent Jewish and 0.3 per cent Buddhist.

The New Forest and Test Valley had the largest percentages of their population reporting their religion as Christian, with 78.3 per cent and 78.1 per cent respectively. The smallest percentages were in Rushmoor (73 per cent) and Havant (73.5 per cent). A high of 17.4 per cent of people in Havant said they had no religion and a further 8 per cent did not state a religion. No other religions in Hampshire districts contained more than 1 per cent of the population, the largest other religion was Hindu in Rushmoor, containing 0.62 per cent of the population.

Portsmouth and Southampton

The minority religions were more prominent in the two cities. 2.2 per cent of Portsmouth residents, and 2 per cent of Southampton residents were Muslim in 2001 (compared to 3 per cent in England and Wales), and 1.3 per cent of Southampton residents were Sikh, a higher proportion than the national average of 0.6 per cent.